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Overview

China National Space Administration
国家航天局
CNSA logo
Acronym CNSA
Owner China
Established 22 April 1993
Headquarters Beijing, China
Primary spaceport Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
Administrator Chen Qiufa
Budget US$500 million (official); US$1.3 billion (Euroconsult)[1]
Official language(s) Mandarin
Website www.cnsa.gov.cn


China National Space Administration
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Cantonese Jyutping Gwok3 Gaa1 Hong4 Tin1 Guk6
Hanyu Pinyin Guó Jiā Háng Tiān Jú


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"CNSA" redirects here. For other uses, see CNSA (disambiguation).
This article is about the current Chinese space agency. For the Chinese space program in general, see Chinese space program.

The China National Space Administration (CNSA, Chinese: ; pinyin: Guó Jiā Háng Tiān Jú, literally "National Astronautics Bureau") is the national space agency of the People's Republic of China responsible for the national space program.[2] It is responsible for planning and development of space activities. CNSA and China Aerospace Corporation (CASC) assumed the authority over space development efforts previously held by the Ministry of Aerospace Industry. It is a subordinate agency of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND), itself a subordinate agency of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

History

Although China's space program has existed since 1956, CNSA is a relatively new agency created in 1993 when the Ministry of Aerospace Industry was split into CNSA and the China Aerospace Corporation (CASC). The former was to be responsible for policy, while the latter was to be responsible for execution. This arrangement proved somewhat unsatisfactory, as these two agencies were, in effect, one large agency, sharing both personnel and management.[2]

As part of a massive restructuring in 1998, CASC was split into a number of smaller state-owned companies. The intention appeared to have been to create a system similar to that characteristic of Western defense procurement in which entities which are government agencies, setting operational policy, would then contract out their operational requirements to entities which were government-owned, but not government-managed.[2]

Function

CNSA was established as a government institution to develop and fulfill China's due international obligations, with the approval by the Eighth National People's Congress of China (NPC). The Ninth NPC assigned CNSA as an internal structure of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND). CNSA assumes the following main responsibilities: signing governmental agreements in the space area on behalf of organizations, inter-governmental scientific and technical exchanges; and also being in charge of the enforcement of national space policies and managing the national space science, technology and industry.

Up to now, China has signed governmental space cooperation agreements with Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and some other countries. Significant achievements have been scored in the bilateral and multilateral and technology exchanges and cooperation.[2]

Administrators of CNSA are appointed by the State Council.

Ongoing major projects

FY 2011

  • Tiangong 1: 9.4-ton "space laboratory module" launched in 2011.

FY 2013

Space travelers

As of 2012, eight Chinese nationals have traveled in space (alphabetical order) :

Wang Yaping (王亚平) Zhang Xiaoguang

Administration

The current administrator is Xu Dazhe, appointed in 2013. Jin Zhuanglong and Luo Ge were appointed as vice-administrators in 2005.

List of Administrators

Departments

There are four departments under the CNSA:

  • Department of General Planning
  • Department of System Engineering
  • Department of Science, Technology and Quality Control
  • Department of Foreign Affairs

See also

References

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